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Images from Stage 2 of the Tour de Boland from Worcester to Op-die-Berg, via Ceres (111km, 1278m ascent).

South African export Dylan Girdlestone showed his tour riding skills when he took a solo win on the mountainous second stage of the Bestmed Tour de Boland, presented by Pinarello, on Tuesday.

KUALA LUMPUR - A big attraction at the teams’ presentation of Le Tour de Langkawi on March 7 on Malaysia’s Paradisiacal island will be the presence of first timers Team Sky. Born in 2010, the Manchester-based squad managed the incredible challenge of building the first British overall victory at the Tour de France in the region of five years, and not only one but two with Bradley Wiggins in 2012 and Chris Froome in 2013.

Images from Stage 1 of the Tour de Boland from Paarl to Worcester, via Villiersdorp (114km, 987m ascent).

Herman Fouché held his line on a twisting and technical closing stretch through the streets of Worcester to claim the opening stage of the Bestmed Tour de Boland, presented by Pinarello, on Monday.

Etixx - Quick-Step rider Mark Cavendish used a little bit of improvisation in the hectic finale of 193km Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne on Sunday, and finished the job of his hard working teammates with a victory to close out the Spring Classics opening weekend. Alexander Kristoff (Katusha) was 2nd, and Elia Viviani (Team Sky) 3rd.

The European racing season kicks off this weekend when the 10th edition of Omloop Het Nieuwsblad takes place on Saturday, 28 February. The race marks the opening of the Classics season and will as always be a gruelling test for teams to see how they will shape up after months of preparation. Cobbles, narrow roads, gutters, Côte de Trieu and Paterberg are just some of the obstacles the peloton will face.

African road championship silver medallist Lise Olivier will be looking for a second bite at the cherry in next week’s Bestmed Tour de Boland, after missing out on the overall title by a mere three seconds last year.

A beautiful sunrise greeted the riders at the start of the 100km race which saw the women start the race with the Elite and Veteran men.

Team Bestmed-ASG-Multihull’s Kim le Court claimed her first win of the 2015 season at the Carnival City Macsteel National Classic in Brakpan on Sunday.

Veteran cyclist Desray Sebregts scooped gold medals in the time-trial and road race at the South African national road championships in Mbombela, Mpumalanga, last week.

The South African Road and Time Trial Championships took place in Nelspruit this past weekend, on a circuit in and around around Mbombela Stadium.

With two weeks to go to the start of the 2015 ABSA Cape Epic, Kevin Evans and Max Knox (Biogen-Volcan) grabbed a confidence-boosting victory at the Garden Route 300 three-day stage race in the Knysna region of South Africa’s Western Cape province at the weekend.

The third stage of the 2016 Absa Cape Epic will be the 100th in the history of the race, and event founder Kevin Vermaak has promised something special for that day.

South Africa’s top Elite cross-country stars, and international riders too, will be looking to garner UCI category 1 points towards their Rio Olympics 2016 qualification at the first event of the 2015 Stihl SA MTB XCO Series, which takes place in Port Elizabeth on Saturday 28 February 2015, in partnership with East Cape MTB. Entries close at midnight tonight, Tuesday 24 February 2015.

Charles Stander, the father of late Olympic mountain biker Burry, suffered serious injuries during a group ride from the Burry Stander Bike Park in Umtentweni on the KwaZulu-Natal South Coast on Saturday.

Previously, when sportsmen retired they turned their hands to coaching. Some even dabbled in selling fax machines and other now-defunct office equipment. Failing those rather dour retirement pastimes, there was always a golf day around the corner that required a bleary-eyed ex-Bok to announce at the first tee, or maybe even participate in a sponsored event while dreaming of glories past.

The Czech-based tyre manufacturer will host “tyre zones” on the route and in the race village when the world’s premier mountain bike stage race takes place in the Western Cape from 15 to 22 March.

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Ariane Kleinhans continued her love affair with the mountains in Sabie as she won her fourth consecutive title at the Ashburton Sabie National Marathon this past weekend.

Pietermaritzburg – Africa’s Bike City and KwaZulu-Natal’s capital is set to play host to a frenzy of mountain biking activity this Easter as the Pietermaritzburg Mountain Bike Festival welcomes top elite competitors and local cycling enthusiasts alike to Cascades MTB Park from 3-5 April.

Tension was rife in Grabouw on Sunday, 22 February 2015 when close to 800 eager sports enthusiasts lined up to partake in the multisport event of the year, the TOTALSPORTS XTERRA South African Championship presented by REHIDRAT® SPORT.

Over its 12 years of existence the National MTB series has grown into the biggest and most prestigious mountain bike race series in South Africa.  In 2015 the series took on a new title sponsor with Ashburton Investments taking over from MTN in the 7 round series.

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